adventures in dysthymia

Thursday, January 01, 2015


I am not one to make resolutions, but I do have goals and plans for the coming year. One of those is to finally get my music room/home recording studio straightened out and into operation. At this time of year, that room – a 14 by 22 space with high ceilings – is closed off (as is about half the house) for purposes of saving on heating. That is not keeping me from getting into there to move stuff about and see just how I want to lay it out.

My Christmas present to myself was a big recording desk, six foot wide with rack spaces and so on, that was on too good a sale to resist (plus there were free speaker stands thrown in — I’ll find a use for those). This replaces an older four foot desk I have been using the last dozen years and which got a bit bent out of shape when I moved it here eight years ago. It will probably go against a wall and maybe hold a keyboard and my midi equipment. We shall see how that goes.

I’m not sure which direction to orient the new desk in the room. There are advantages to both ways. Sound-wise, of course, I should be sitting with the longest end of the room behind me. However, that means my back would be to anyone I was recording in the same room. Since I do not know when, if ever, I might convert the carport into a live room, I will be doing any recording in the same space as my control center.

It also looks better and leaves a larger open space if I go that way. But, if I turn the desk, I can cut the room into two spaces for performance, etc, one on either side where I can see what is going on. I should admit that I switched the former desk back and forth a couple times and never could quite decide! I shall get it set up soon, one way or the other.

Another task I have set myself is to revise and edit all eleven books from Arachis Press (more than 11 if one counts the ebook versions too). I have found THE ART OF K PAGE BROOKE and A MOUSE IS IN THE HOUSE to be without problem, so they will need no changes, but there are typos and formatting mistakes in the other titles that need to be fixed. I found only one small problem in THE CONTRARY FAIRY which might just be ignored, but I am also considering issuing an ebook version (in addition to the PDF now available) so perhaps I shall go ahead with that. I just don’t know if the intended audience (early readers) would be using e-readers much.

Anyway, I have finished the revisions of our very first poetry chapbook, PIECES OF THE MOON, and it will be sent to the publisher this month — in that we are using POD and ebook, changes are easy to implement at any time. I am currently going through THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE and should be able to get the revised versions of that book ready soon. Then, the two other poetry books and all four volumes of DONZALO’S DESTINY. When I have finished with the Donzalo books, I do intend to offer a print volume that includes all four novels (which, yes, are really one longish novel).

Of course, I do intend to have new books available this year as well. As ever, my slowness to provide illustrations has slowed some releases. Maybe I need to farm out the pictures to someone else! And speaking of someone else, I might well consider publishing someone other than myself this year. Especially poetry. Especially if I find time to start up that literary magazine this year.

Or maybe I should just consider myself retired and go to the beach more often.

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